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The Air Boost is a move used by Sonic the Hedgehog that first appeared in Sonic Unleashed. It is an airborne variation of the Sonic Boost that Sonic can use to break the sound barrier and fly immense distances through the air.


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A picture describing how to use the Air Boost in Sonic Unleashed.

When performing the Air Boost, Sonic surrounds himself in a blue energy shield and propels himself forward at speeds beyond the sound barrier,[1] thereby turning him into a highly destructive midair projectile. This moves not only enables Sonic to plow through midair enemies, but also to move immense distances through midair in semi-flight.[2]

In gameplay, the Air Boost is both an offensive maneuver for Sonic and a method to traverse the environment, allowing the player to move across gabs or reach midair objects and gimmicks. However, it is rather reckless to use as Sonic does not immediately stop moving when landing from an Air Boost which brings the player at risk at moving into unwanted areas, like hazardous obstacles or bottomless pits. Additionally, the player can only perform the Air Boost once for every ascension into midair, as the player cannot boost again until they land on the ground, and if there is energy in the game's respective gauges to power the Air Boost.

Games appearances

Sonic Unleashed

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Sonic using the Air Boost to fly to Dark Gaia's eyes.

The Air Boost's first appearance was in both versions of Sonic Unleashed. In the PlayStation 2/Wii version, the player can perform it anytime, while in the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 version, the player must have obtained the Air Boost Shoes before being able to use it. In this game, Air Boost's range is very high, and using it on the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 creates a brief distortion. To use it in gameplay, the player has to press the following buttons when in midair while there is energy in the Boost Gauge:

PS2 Wii (remote) Wii (Classic Controller) Wii (GameCube Controller) PS3 Xbox 360
PSObutton Shake Wii remote x Button Gamecube Y Button PSSquareButton XboxX

Sonic Colors

In both versions of Sonic Colors, the Air Boost retains its range from Sonic Unleashed, but Sonic is instead surrounded by a multicolored aura. In the Wii version, the Air Boost can be used continuously, but on the Nintendo DS version it cannot. To use it in gameplay, the player has to press or hold (to maintain the boost more in the air) the following buttons when in midair while there is energy in the Wisp/Boost Gauge:

Wii Remote + Nunchunk Wii Remote Sideways Wii (Classic Controller) Wii (GameCube Controller) DS
WiiB Button1 b Button SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO Snnwiidsybuttondisco

Sonic Generations

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Classic Sonic trying the Air Boost.

In Sonic Generations, the Air Boost has the same appearance and distortion effect as in Sonic Unleashed when performed, but its range is shorter and not recommended to use on far-away enemies as it is less controllable. To use it in gameplay, the player must press PSSquareButton/XboxX when in midair while there is energy in the Boost Gauge, though it depletes approximately 20% of the Boost Gauge when used. Super Sonic can use the Air Boost without depleting the Boost Gauge, though it will increase the Ring consumption.

In the game's storyline, Modern Sonic used this technique to catch the red Chaos Emerald in midair, which left Classic Sonic thoroughly impressed. At the end of the game, Classic Sonic wanted to show his future self that he had learned the Air Boost. Though he could not fully pull it off, Modern Sonic still praised him and promised he would only get better.


Mid-Air Dash

Main article: Mid-Air Dash

The Mid-Air Dash, also called the Fireball Spin Dash, is variant of the Jump Dash that first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. This move can only be performed with Sonic whilst in possession of the Flame Shield. When performing it, the user spears ahead like a comet that can destroy breakable objects and damage enemies. At the same time, the Flame Shield gives immunity to fire-based attacks.


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Sonic surrounded by a midair aura in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

  • In the opening scene of Sonic's Episode in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Sonic is seen with a midair aura around him when he was fighting Eggman's robots. It is unknown if this is the Air Boost or just a vapor cone.
  • If the player uses Super Sonic in Sonic Generations, then turns back and performs the Air Boost, it will make Super Sonic dash in the air, but forward on the path instead of backwards.
  • In Sonic Colors, it is possible to get an Item Box without touching it by Air Boosting at the platform it is standing on.



  1. Sonic Unleashed (PlayStation 3) instruction manual pg. 12.
  2. Sonic Unleashed: Dark Gaia (PS2/Wii) version

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